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Structural Asset Management Engineer
Ben Sherriff, Opus
|In a nutshell:||Building and maintaining bridges and other infrastructure.|
|Why?||“I like spending some time in the office but also getting outside.”|
Pathway Dilworth School, Year 13: Calculus, Physics, Painting, Art History, Geography
University of Auckland: Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Civil Engineering
On an average day, about 165,000 vehicles cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Ben Sherriff is one of the people who makes sure that bridge and others can handle the load.
As a Structural Asset Management Engineer with Opus, Ben works with a team of engineering professionals to maintain the city’s roads infrastructure. He’s in charge of bridge inspections, structural design, and project management. It lets him use his technical expertise to find practical, innovative solutions.
“I use maths and physics all the time and a lot of technical knowledge for building aspects of the job, and I use specific structural design software. There’s lots of maintenance work, so there’s quite a bit of creative thinking to work around what’s already there.
“I like the variation of the work, spending some time in the office but also getting outside. I do a lot of liaising with clients, meeting and updating them. I also do design work on different projects, and I have site visits once or twice a week.”
The experience he’s gaining at Opus will prepare him for managing bigger projects in the future. Ben hopes to eventually be in charge of large-scale bridge construction.
“Everyone has different strengths, which is good for working in a team. I feel that I’ve learned more since I began working than I did at university.”
Posted August 2011